About the event

The main goal of the ELF event is to define a smart and sustainable society in the context of the European Union (EU) and to identify critical challenges and opportunities for the EU as regards smart and sustainable EU policy reforms with a particular focus on the Covid-19 pandemic and the EU’s response to this unprecedented crisis, primarily through smart and sustainable development. Namely, the Covid-19 pandemic further highlights the interrelations between our natural and societal systems. As far as the environment is concerned, by 2050, Europe aims to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent.

The analysis of the situations in the smart and sustainable society in the European Union will be a basis for detecting the policy implications and subsequent guidelines for governments and the EU. These measures should provide concrete content-wise help for member states to rebuild economies in response to pandemic-related disruptions. Thus, the proposed topic is essential, especially from the perspective of the modern EU society during and after the Covid-19 pandemic, where democratic and liberal values and ideas represent a necessary basis for effective and efficient sustainable development. 


13:00-14:40  Workshop: Challenges and opportunities for smart and sustainable EU
Moderators: Nina Tomaževič/Tereza Čajková/Zara Jesenek Dolinar/TBA

14:40-15:00 Break

15:00-15:10 Addresses by the organiser and welcome speeches
            Aleksander Aristovnik | Director, Zavod 14 and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
            Milosz Hodun | Member of the Board of Directors, ELF and Projekt: Polska Association, Poland

15:10-16:45 Publication presentation: The Road to a Smart and Sustainable European Union

16:45-17:00 Break

17:00-18:25 Roundtable: Smart and sustainable EU – a call for an adequate policy response

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